Jolie King and Mark Firkin

Jolie King and Mark Firkin

British-Australian Travelers
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Biographies

Jolie King, a British-Australian national, and her Australian boyfriend, Mark Firkin, visited Iran in 2019 as part of their plan to travel the globe by car from their home in Australia to London and blog about their trip. King is a building designer and Firkin a construction manager.

Arrest

King and Firkin were arrested in Iran in June of 2019, reportedly after they flew a drone without a permit there, in an area near military installations.

Treatment in Prison

King was reportedly held in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, where, according to a fellow prisoner’s husband, she spent weeks in solitary confinement. Firkin’s whereabouts during his detention were not disclosed.

Release

Australia’s foreign minister announced on October 5, 2019, that, after extended conversations between her and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, King and Firkin had been released, the charges against them were dropped, and they had returned to Australia. Simultaneously, the Australian attorney general disclosed publicly that it would not extradite to the United States an Iranian student accused of exporting U.S.-origin military radar equipment to Iran.